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The Brooke Wilberger Case

Background and Current Developments


Brooke Wilberger

Brooke Wilberger

Brooke Carol Wilberger was last seen on the morning of May 24, 2004, in Corvalis, Oregon. She was working outside an apartment complex near the campus of Oregon State University which was managed by her sister and brother-in-law. Wilberger, a student at Brigham Young University, was reported missing shortly after 10 a.m. Her flip-flop shoes were found in the middle of the apartment complex's parking lot. She has not been seen since.

Current Developments

Remains of Brooke Wilberger Found
Sept. 21, 2009
In a stunning development in the case of a Brigham Young University student missing for five years, authorities said an Oregon man pleaded guilty to her murder and lead police to her remains. Joel Courtney avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to the aggravated murder of Brooke Wilberger in 2004.

Previous Developments

Courtney Extradited to Oregon in Wilberger Case
April 8, 2008
A man serving time in New Mexico has been extradited to Oregon to stand trial for the 2004 kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Brooke Wilberger. Joel Courtney, 41, is now being held at the Benton County Jail in Corvallis, where Wilberger was kidnapped in 2004.

Wilberger Suspect Sentenced in New Mexico
Dec. 11, 2007 The man suspected in the disappearance of college student Brooke Wilberger has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joel Patrick Courtney now faces extradition back to Oregon to face trial for the 2004 murder of the 19-year-old Brigham Young University student.

Joel Courtney: Serial Killer?
March 23, 2006
Joel Courtney, the man being held in New Mexico on rape charges and charged in Oregon with the abduction of missing college student Brooke Wilberger, is being investigated in murders of young blonde girls and women in at least four states, but he was cleared by the FBI this week in two Oregon cases.

Brooke Wilberger a Victim of a Serial Killer?
Jan. 12, 2006
Brooke Wilberger, the 19-year-old Brigham Young University freshman who disappeared while visiting her sister in Oregon and has never been found, may have been the victim of a serial killer who is being investigated in other murders and rapes.

Extradition Requested for Brooke Wilberger Suspect
Sept. 26, 2005
The Governor of Oregon has requested that the man charged with Brooke Wilberger's murder be returned to Oregon, but the 38-year-old man will probably face trial in New Mexico for kidnapping and rape charges first.

Man Arrested in Brooke Wilberger Case
Aug. 2, 2005
A man being held in New Mexico on kidnapping and rape charges has now been charged with aggravated murder in the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, who was last seen working at her sister's apartment in Corvallis, Oregon May 24, 2004.

Police Seek Clues in Brooke Wilberger Disappearance
June 6, 2005
When Brooke Wilberger disappeared a year ago from her sister's apartment complex in Corvallis, Oregon, someone who identified himself as "Brian" made a 911 call to report a green minivan being driven erratically. Police want whoever made that call to contact them again.

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Missing: Brooke Carol Wilberger

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